new england and the hudson valley : arrival | New York

arrival | New York
September – October 2019

Back in 2019 (…and it’s nearly 2022), my husband, mum and I went on a trip to the USA! We had booked to do a tour with Globus – New England and the Hudson Valley and despite my initial reservations about a group tour, it was honestly one of the best things I have ever done in my life.

The plan was that my husband and I would fly from Tokyo to JFK and my mum would meet us there, flying in from the UK. Our flights were due to arrive at ...

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Chiba in summer

As it was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer, Marine Day and Sports Day were put together to form ‘Mega Weekend’. This was not its official title but it meant that in Japan we got Thurs 22nd, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th and Sun 25th off (unless you work in one of the many places that didn’t).

We decided to go to Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Chiba. It was a reservation system and they were quite strict on only allowing people in at their stated times. They have a free shuttle bus from both Keisei Sakura and ...

october means pumpkins in tokyo in autumn

Happy October everyone! I don’t think October means pumpkins for most of the residents of Tokyo, but maybe some lost souls out there.

We went to Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome, which we have been to before and you can find the post here. Looking back at that post, I’ve taken pretty much the exact same pictures, so maybe just read this one.

It wasn’t empty like last time and you had to reserve a time slot. The photographers were out in FULL force – we saw children being paraded around dressed as pumpkins, witches and Snow White. That’s ...

初級から中級への日本語ドリル・語彙 / Nihongo Drills for Intermediate Learners・Vocabulary

I’ve had this book lurking around for a while. I originally got it when I was going through my, ‘I need to learn all the basics in Japanese’ phase. It does have phrases that I don’t know, so I am happy with it. Top tip, if you haven’t realised by now, you cannot just learn words in Japanese and string them together, you have to learn phrases. I wish I had been told that when I first started learning.

How I use the book

I started off by going through the 覚えましょう section. I would either use their example sentence, ...

memories and july wish list

2021 so far memories

Is staying in the apartment and living each day like the last one considered a memory? I suppose it is, just not a great one? I am being slightly harsh here because I actually really like lurking around the apartment all day normally anyway, so life didn’t change too much for me in that sense. However, we did do a few things. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency off and on but it hasn’t been anywhere near as strict as other countries.

We spent Christmas and New Year here. We went for a cycle ...